Thursday, July 30, 2015

Muskies roll over visitors

The last time the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints came to town, the Muskie boys’ hockey team had to hang on for dear life.
This time around, the black-and-gold just stomped the life right out of the Saints.

Fort High routed their Kenora opponents 11-0 here Tuesday night to improve their NorWOSSA record to 5-1.
The Saints let a 2-1 lead slip away in the third period en route to a 4-2 defeat in the teams’ last meeting Dec. 10.
But it was all Muskies from the get-go Tuesday.
“We played to our capabilities and had good energy for 60 minutes,” said Muskie head coach Jamie Davis, whose team sits tied for second with the Saints in the NorWOSSA standings with 10 points.
Fort High does hold three games in hand on St. Thomas Aquinas (5-4) and four on the league-leading Kenora Broncos (7-2-1).
Brett Hahkala was called up from the Fort Frances Bantam ‘AA’ Canadians for Tuesday’s game and responded in his NorWOSSA debut with two assists, including a beautiful dipsy-doodle move on a Saints’ defender that led to setting up Cole Tymkin to make it 7-0 with 17 seconds left in the second.
Tymkin and Tyler VanUden each scored twice while Aaron McDowall, Matt Cheetham, Chase Ferguson, Jarred Taylor, Tyler Mosbeck, Graeme Kitt, and David Pryde added singles.
Derek Kaemingh earned the shutout between the pipes.
Ryan Landon started for St. Thomas Aquinas, but was replaced to start the second by Brandon Scott after giving up four goals in he first.
In Muskie girls’ action, Kate Parsons recorded shutouts in her first back-to-back appearances of the season as the black-and-gold rolled 9-0 over the Lake of the Woods Bears (Baudette) in exhibition action here Tuesday night before blanking visiting St. Thomas Aquinas 4-0 in NorWOSSA play yesterday.
Parsons had little to occupy her time both nights as fellow netminder Calie Clendenning missed the games due to illness.
The Muskies dominated an undermanned Bears’ team which only iced nine skaters because of illness, outshooting the visitors 65-5.
Shelby Tymkin led the way with a hat trick while Claire Sandelovich and Hailey Clendenning each notched a pair.
Jessica Coran and Rylee Redford rounded out the scoring.
Then in yesterday’s game, the Saints’ Gilly Derouard had Fort High’s shooters scratching their heads in the first 10 minutes with a medley of magnificent saves to keep the game scoreless.
The Muskies finally broke through when Tymkin converted a Katie Sinclair pass on a 2-on-1 into the open side of the net at 10:43 of the first.
Tymkin returned the favour with 25 seconds left in the frame—feeding Sinclair from behind the net, who then skated into the left face-off circle and ripped a shot top shelf under the crossbar from a tough angle.
In the second period, the Saints barely touched the puck as Fort High played an extended game of keepaway for most of the stanza.
It finally paid off when Sinclair’s shot from the left circle produced a sweet rebound for Jourdain, who slammed the puck home at 17:32 for a three-goal lead.
Just 1:11 later, Amy Penner celebrated her return to the lineup after missing the Baudette game with a knee injury by cranking a low laser along the ice from almost the left-wing boards that beat Derouard five-hole.
Due to exams, the Muskie girls don’t play again until Jan. 28, when they’ll visit the International Falls Broncos to conclude their annual border battle.
Fort High beat the Falls 6-2 here back on Dec. 3.

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